Lady Constance has been raised at her betrothed's ancestral estate by her pitiless father-in-law. Everything she's ever been taught has in some way related to her one purpose: pleasing her husband. Except that she hasn't seen him in 15 years and, the last time she did, he was a cruel little boy. Constance is not the most willing bride, but it isn't until her father dies and her fiance returns that she begins her campaign of defiance.

Lord Merrick is one of King Henry's finest knights, a far cry from the child he was, and he's eager to wed his longtime love. He thought his home would be a place of refuge from years of fighting, but now Merrick must go to war to live down his reputation as a brat, counter the long list of injustices his father committed and then win Constance's love.

Plus, someone at the estate knows Merrick hides a devastating secret, one that will cost him all he holds dear, if not ignite a war between King Henry and his brother Richard. This novel is a good--and somewhat steamy--choice for those seeking light reading fare. SEXY (Oct., 384 pp., $5.99)
Reviewed by: 
Anne Black